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It is never easy to watch a loved one struggle with a progressive disease, least of all one that affects the mind such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. When you observe a loved one struggling with basic cognitive abilities, it can be tough to know what to do or how to proceed. Though most forms of dementia cannot be cured, there are treatments that can slow the progression and ways to manage symptoms and behaviors. Early diagnosis enables families to begin intervention and make plans for the future, so it is smart to seek help at the first sign of trouble.
Unlike other health problems, which can often come on all at once, dementia is a progressive decline; its initial symptoms may be gradual, and there may not be an immediate need to seek memory care. As the decline continues, however, you may come to believe that your loved one needs a stable memory care environment. Here are some of the most common indications that the need for memory care has arrived:
When you experience any of these conditions it is a good signal for you to start investigating memory care options; you can start the process by contacting us at CountryHouse today.
A common question that arises: Is assisted living care really needed, or will in-home care work? There is no easy answer to this question, as it depends on the state of decline as well as the willingness of family members to act as full-time caregivers. In-home care can be a perfectly reasonable solution for some, especially in the early stages of dementia.
In many cases, though, assisted living becomes the better option sooner or later. Professional caregivers can provide the assurance of around-the-clock safety as well as access to medical care. CountryHouse-specific programs, like LifeCycles, can provide a peerless level of engagement for those with dementia, while also giving family members both relief and full peace of mind.
Additionally, Countryhouse provides resources to help family members learn more about dementia, better understand the role of caregiver, and ultimately feel more comfortable with their loved one’s transition into assisted living/ memory care. Supporting caregivers is a primary goal of CountryHouse, and our support meetings and “Coffee Club” conversation groups allow loved ones to remain engaged in the process while also getting their own emotional needs met. CountryHouse provides short-term care for families who need it, and a virtual dementia tour to aid in the multi-sensory understanding of what dementia is and how it affects the individual.
An occasional lapse in memory or in critical thinking is not any reason for alarm. When these symptoms start to recur, however, that is when it becomes important to seek help. Though it may not be possible to cure dementia, getting an accurate diagnosis can point toward possible treatments that could delay the process considerably.
At CountryHouse, we strive to deliver a nurturing environment filled with interaction and activity, all designed to engage and enrich those dealing with dementia and memory loss. Learn more about our diverse, individualized memory care services by contacting CountryHouse today.